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Five Small-Cap Materials Stars that Outperformed During the First Quarter

By  +Follow April 1, 2014 7:20AM
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Looking at sector performance during the first quarter of 2014, basic materials is currently in third place with an overall gain of 2.91 percent, behind only utilities (+ 6.88 percent) and healthcare (+ 7.25 percent), but ahead of the ostensibly booming tech sector (+1.69).

A gain just shy of 3 percent may seem modest, but considering the headwinds that have been whipping up around the sector since the end of 2013, notably the slower pace of the Chinese economy that has been a drag on global commodity prices and booming US production of oil and gas that is quickly leading to growing stockpiles, it is rather impressive. These conditions make for an even riskier environment than usual for the sector’s small-cap space.

And this is precisely why investors and stock-pickers who are well-disposed to the risks of potential high-growth plays will want to familiarize themselves with the materials companies of Equities.com’s 2014 Small-Cap stars index. According to our own home-brewed screening methodology, many of the 30 companies representing the materials sector our index include some notable Q1 performances, and are handily bypassing their competition, as well as their respective overall sector averages.

Senomyx Inc. ($SNMX) - Specialty Chemicals

Market-Cap: $444.30 million

Price: $10.67

Q1 2014 Return: +110.45 percent (vs.+7.89 percent industry average)

Westmoreland Coal Co. ($WLB) - Nonmetallic Mineral Mining

Market-Cap: $442.23 million

Price: $29.78

Q1 2014 Return: +63.90 percent (vs. -3.03 percent industry average)

Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. ($GPRE) - Specialty Chemicals

Market-Cap: $914.08 million

Price: $29.96

Q1 2014 Return: +55.88 percent (vs.+7.89 percent industry average)

Willbros Group Inc. ($WG) - Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
Market-Cap: $629.36 million

Price: $12.62

Q1 2014 Return: +38.68 percent (vs. +8.39 percent industry average)

Synergy Resources Corporation ($SYRG) - Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

Market-Cap: $824.31 million

Price: $10.75

Q1 2014 Return: +17.49 percent (vs. +8.39 percent industry average)

Penford Corporation ($PENX) - Specialty Chemicals

Market-Cap: $179.50 million

Price: $14.36 percent

Q1 2014 Return: +13.52 percent (vs.+7.89 percent industry average)

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ProVesting
28 May 15 06:28:03
$SNMX: Analysts Expect Senomyx to Post ($0.10) EPS (NASDAQ:SNMX): http://t.co/FBmqMPlU4A
The Legacy News
28 May 15 06:27:43
Analysts Expect Senomyx to Post $$0.10 EPS $SNMX http://t.co/N2X4e8Fro8
Ticker Report
28 May 15 06:27:02
Analysts Expect Senomyx to Post $$0.10 EPS $SNMX http://t.co/uNxQkrnBSI
US Banking News
28 May 15 06:26:37
Analysts Expect Senomyx to Post $$0.10 EPS $SNMX http://t.co/vGnhgsgbrq
US Banking News
28 May 15 06:16:26
Senomyx Receives Consensus Hold Rating from Analysts $SNMX http://t.co/FkgbTudrle
Clark Joseph Kent
27 May 15 22:41:15
After-Hours Gainers: $HALO +4.26% $SNMX +4.14% $MRVL +3.96% $TUBE +3.73% $CDXS +2.1%
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27 May 15 18:36:37
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27 May 15 14:49:55
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27 May 15 11:40:07
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Bottoms Up
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$SNMX $4.46/4.48 In a Few- small
StockNewsWires
27 May 15 05:00:14
$SNMX: New SEC Filing for SNMX: Form 8-K (No. 0001437749-15-011100): http://t.co/MKv3HbnIPJ
$Stocknewsalerts
27 May 15 04:59:23
$SNMX ALERT: New Senomyx, Inc. SEC Filing From our Stock News Alerts App
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NEW SEC Filing for $SNMX filed a moment ago: http://t.co/CenBY3ef9Q http://t.co/EvCHQt74k5
Stocks News&Markets
27 May 15 04:58:02
$SNMX - Current Report Filing (8-k) http://t.co/4xLwhNpkbr
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27 May 15 04:15:08
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27 May 15 03:57:02
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InvestWithConf
26 May 15 20:16:03
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26 May 15 17:14:59
RT @VexTrades: 5/27/15 Watchlist: $CRIS, $ANTH, $BXE, $RLGT, $STAA, $SNMX, $NYMX, $CVO, $FMSA, $GTXI, $MRGE.
vaheelfan
26 May 15 16:35:13
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Dan
26 May 15 16:30:13
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26 May 15 16:27:02
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Jimmy Smith
26 May 15 07:40:53
$SNMX 60min Chart Wedge Setup http://t.co/7Nxdsiy8Op
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22 May 15 16:22:05
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Breaking News
22 May 15 16:19:03
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$Stocknewsalerts
22 May 15 16:18:55
$SNMX ALERT: New Senomyx, Inc. SEC Filing From our Stock News Alerts App
Insider Alerts
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Stocks News&Markets
22 May 15 16:16:03
$SNMX - Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4) http://t.co/my6KE1EHZ5
Daily Contracts
22 May 15 08:35:00
Real-Time feed of company contracts, original agreements and executive updates from $SNMX http://t.co/3uvuevZs0D
Speki
22 May 15 01:02:40
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